Since 2001, WriteGirl has been giving teen girls the power of the pen and helping them to find their own voices. The writing and mentoring program promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills. Through this innovative combination, these young women gain confidence and write their way to brilliant futures.
For the third year in a row the Los Angeles based organization, named California’s non-profit of the year in 2011, is hosting their Poetry Drive to raise funds for the group’s next season of workshops.
The organization, which was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, has guided 100% of their participants to graduate from high school, and to enroll in college. In Los Angeles, the high school graduation rate is only 67%!
“I’ve had a whole group of people supporting me, believing in me. I knew I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, let them down.” – Jacqueline, 16
WriteGirl harnesses the talent of some of LA’s most accomplished journalists, novelists, poets, TV and film writers, songwriters, marketing executives, attorneys and editors as mentors and volunteers. These women not only share their expertise, but they also inspire these girls, who may never have imagined themselves as writers, and show them what they’re capable of creating.
Poems are available for as little as $10. We’ve ordered a “Girl Perspective” custom poem, and will share it with you all when it arrives in our inbox!
Check out the video below to hear from the girls benefiting from this very WYSKy program.